Lakes is a fascinating mosaic of habitats including
lakes and pools, reedbeds, meadows, streams, wet and dry woodland, scrub
and sandy heath all of which support an inspiring
variety of birds and other wildlife throughout the year.
gravel workings, the creation of such an important
makes it an ideal site to study the crossover between
people and wildlife.
The purpose built education and
visitor centre at Lackford
was created in the summer of 2002 and consists of an
education room, small shop, viewing gallery overlooking the centre pool
and feeding stations and toilet factilities. The circular kingfisher
trail is often used with visiting school groups and allows for great
veiws across the lakes, allowing groups to watch the birds and other
wildlife at close quarters from the many bird hides.
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Here at Lackford Lakes, we provide
first hand experience of Suffolk’s wild places. Our programmes help
students to gain knowledge & skills to understand the natural world
& empower them to make informed decisions about their role in
shaping the living landscape around them.
Lackford Lakes is a fantastic place to
visit all year round with loads going on and lots to see and explore. As
a result, we run school visits throughout the year. If you are
interested in visiting Lackford Lakes with your group, it is advisable
to book as far in advance as possible (particularly for the summer term)
as we do become fully booked quite early on in the summer term.
Whilst every visit to Lackford Lakes is
to suit your group and their curriculum needs, popular
themes for activities
emerge. Below are listed our most popular programmes.
However we are flexible & will mix & match and tailor programmes
to the needs of each group and the season.
Book your visit for the Summer or Autumn terms of 2009 before April and pay 2008 prices!
Exploring habitats (KS 1-4):
plants & animals in the local environment. Investigate food chains
& learn the basics of classification using fun and simple keys:
Pond life – pond dipping, lifecycles & food chains
Minibeasts - sampling techniques, identify and classify using our simple key trail
explorers - how do plants grow? Interview a plant and uncover the
secrets of pollination (including the bee game), seed production,
dispersal and germination.
Birds & Journeys (KS 1-4):
birds are adapted for survival through close observations from bird
hides. Study their physical characteristics & discover the secret of
Bird watching – observation & identification using binoculars
Migration – follow the migration journey
Adaptation – fit for flight and beak variations/adaptations
Footsteps of the future (KS 2-4):
for alternative energy, discover the importance of water conservation,
see where our food comes from and make a pledge for a more sustainable
Alternative energy – discover the problem with fossil fuels, explore solar and wind power
Water and waste – look at water usage & conservation & see where our rubbish goes
Food miles – work out where our food comes from & how to reduce the carbon footprint
Literacy & Sensory days (nursery/reception + KS 1/2):
Cross curricular days using literature & senses to explore nature:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (<KS1) – explore lifecycles, minibeasts and sensory activities
The Empty Pond (<KS1) – follow this Lackford story and explore our aquatic wildlife.
Myths, legends &
creative writing (KS1-2)– explore Lackford through the English language,
create a descriptive poem and write a myth inspired by our local
Exploring the environment (KS 1-4):
Explore the differences between places first hand using simple sampling & recording techniques:
Comparing habitats – using basic sampling techniques, mapping & field sketches
Orienteering, photo trails, mini nature reserves & special places
Lackford Lakes history trail (gravel pit to nature reserve)
Wild art (reception + KS 1-4):
Gaining inspiration from the natural world & natural materials to create artwork:
Collage and sculpture with natural products
Junk bugs – a creative way to re- use rubbish!
Printing & soil painting
Forest Schools activity days (KS 1-2) (autumn and winter terms only):
Schools uses varied natural resources in the woodland and the
children’s interests to stimulate imaginative, creative and
investigative activities. Spend a day exploring a woodland through
forest schools activities:
Exploring the woods - mud face trail and journey sticks
Textures and touches - soil painting, rope mobiles and bark rubbings
Animals of the woods - animal detectives, minibeast hunts, minibeast homes
Survival - survival trail and shelter building including the 'water test'!!
If you want to know more about forest schools or would like to book a series of forest schools sessions,
please contact the Education Officer (details below) and/ or follow this link: forest schools with SWT
In addition to the above programmes, Lackford Lakes can also provide a
research site for pupils undertaking practical studies for GCSE or AS/A
level. Courses can be developed with you to cover your particular
syllabus requirements. Typically, a short introduction to the site is
given in the centre, followed by fieldwork to collect statistical data
which can take the form of one or several visits. Please contact the
education officer for further information or to book your visit.
Our programmes are fun and flexible and will be tailored to your group's specific needs.
Full site and activity risk assessments are available on request for all activities, please ask for these if required.
If you wish to book a visit or have a query, please contact the Lackford Lakes Education officer :
Education Officer - Emma Kerridge
Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Lackford Lakes Visitor Centre
Lackford, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6HX
Tel: 01284 728706 email:
Groups with special needs are welcome. Please talk to
us about your requirements when you book your visit.
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